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Summerfield graduating class of 2014,
Quest University Graduate 2018

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Interest in the World Inspires Life Long Learning

"Play is the work of childhood" - Jean Piaget

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Creators and Makers Develop Critical Thinking

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Rich, Diverse Curriculum for Initiative and Purpose

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Music Awakens the Inner Life and Enlivens the Soul

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"All Education is Physical Education" - John Ratey

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WELCOME TO SUMMERFIELD WALDORF SCHOOL AND FARM

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Request our information packet and tell us about your child. We offer preschool through high school Waldorf education on our beautiful 38-acre campus and farm in Sonoma County. The school was established in 1974 and is the only school in the state with a working Biodynamic farm on its campus.

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Come and see first hand the richness and depth of Summerfield’s curriculum where experiential learning builds students’ capacities. Experience a day in the life of Sonoma County’s oldest independent school, where academic excellence is cultivated and inspired learning takes place daily.

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Thank you for considering Summerfield Waldorf as you embark on the journey of choosing a school for your family. Summerfield is uniquely positioned to engage its students and faculty, creating a learning environment that fosters the awakening consciousness and abilities of students academically, socially and artistically.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

The Role of the Arts in Waldorf Education

An Artistic Approach to Education There is extensive research on the benefits of art in schools. Including how the arts bring joy, foster creativity, increase engagement, build determination and problem solving, and help students acquire complex skills.  However, new research suggests that teachers can also use art as an effective teaching tool to help students remember and master difficult academic subjects.  Arts integrated academics is central to how we teach in Waldorf education. Likewise, we know that incorporating music, drama, poetry, visual arts, and movement all [...]

Where Are The Textbooks? The Use of Main Lesson Books in Waldorf Education

Main Lesson books are unique to Waldorf education. While traditional schooling pairs lecturing with textbook references and worksheets, Waldorf students process and record lectures in notes and illustrations on large, blank pages of high-quality paper. What are these books exactly, and why do Waldorf schools use them?   What is a Main Lesson Book? The creation of a Main Lesson book is an active, hands-on experience of learning, that encourages both intention and creativity. Waldorf students record content of each subject of study presented during a [...]

Theater Is Beneficial to Children’s Development

The performing arts give students skills that build relationships, flexibility, and self-esteem. Theater is beneficial to children's development. It helps children develop a range of beneficial skills, such as quick-thinking and problem solving. The performing arts also teach students how to overcome anxiety, and build self confidence. Theater, in particular, strengthens empathy, by asking the student to enter into what their character is feeling and experiencing. Additionally, putting on a play requires students to work as a team. That's why at Summerfield, every student is involved [...]

At all stages of education, Summerfield’s curriculum is designed to develop not only the student’s mind but also their character. It develops empathy, collaboration, and shared responsibility between students, teachers and the world around us, cultivating openness to possibilities and a sense of stewardship. Course content focuses on giving students an in-depth understanding of the subject at hand while providing them a context to work on themselves as emerging individuals.

Meaningful Learning

Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm teaches students to be creative, critical thinkers with a strong moral compass, who are open and resilient, and can turn challenges into possibilities. This approach to learning integrates the arts with academic rigor, and experiential, hands-on activities. Students are provided with the opportunity to take risks, think imaginatively and embrace new opportunities with initiative, creativity, and resilience.

Creative, Critical Thinking

Summerfield is accredited by both AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). The courses offered exceed the University of California’s admissions requirements, and Summerfield students score consistently high on SAT scores for Sonoma County while enjoying acceptance at the colleges and universities of their choice. Summerfield high school students engage in a comprehensive study of a variety of disciplines.

A Proven Path to Success

Watch this brief video to learn more about our school.

Our Programs

Early Childhood

Our early childhood program provides children with a calm and joyful experience filled with magic and reverence.

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Lower School

The lower school curriculum is dynamic and diversified, offering humanities, mathematics, science and the arts.

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High School

The high school curriculum inspires students to be active in their own learning and understand how to educate themselves.

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Alumni Testimonials

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